John Rawls

1921 - 2002

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John Bordley Rawls (; February 21, 1921 – November 24, 2002) was an American moral and political philosopher in the liberal tradition. Rawls received both the Schock Prize for Logic and Philosophy and the National Humanities Medal in 1999, the latter presented by President Bill Clinton, in recognition of how Rawls's work "helped a whole generation of learned Americans revive their faith in democracy itself".In 1990, Will Kymlicka wrote in his introduction to the field that "it is generally accepted that the recent rebirth of normative political philosophy began with the publication of John Rawls's A Theory of Justice in 1971." Rawls has often been described as one of the most influential political philosophers of the 20th century. He has the unusual distinction among contemporary political philosophers of being frequently cited by the courts of law in the United States and Canada and referred to by practising politicians in the United States and the United Kingdom.Rawls's theory of "justice as fairness" recommends equal basic rights, equality of opportunity and promoting the interests of the least advantaged members of society. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Rawls has received more than 1,981,625 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia. John Rawls is the 115th most popular philosopher (up from 123rd in 2019), the 163rd most popular biography from United States (down from 159th in 2019) and the most popular American Philosopher.

John Rawls is most famous for his work in political philosophy, which he called "justice as fairness." Rawls argued that a society is just if it meets two conditions: (1) all citizens have the same basic liberties and opportunities, and (2) inequalities are to the greatest benefit of the least advantaged.

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Among philosophers, John Rawls ranks 115 out of 1,089Before him are Eusebius, Pyrrho, George Gurdjieff, Antisthenes, Aristippus, and Zhu Xi. After him are Emil Cioran, Ibn Arabi, Mozi, Charles Fourier, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and John Wycliffe.

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Among people born in 1921, John Rawls ranks 5Before him are Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Charles Bronson, Alexander Dubček, and Andrei Sakharov. After him are Stanisław Lem, Astor Piazzolla, Suharto, Fawzia Fuad of Egypt, Michael I of Romania, Fahd of Saudi Arabia, and Yves Montand. Among people deceased in 2002, John Rawls ranks 7Before him are Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Astrid Lindgren, Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, Pierre Bourdieu, Simo Häyhä, and Thor Heyerdahl. After him are Hans-Georg Gadamer, Billy Wilder, Richard Harris, László Kubala, Chuck Jones, and Traudl Junge.

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Among people born in United States, John Rawls ranks 163 out of 15,968Before him are Jane Fonda (1937), John Tyler (1790), John Wayne (1907), Bobby Fischer (1943), John Williams (1932), and George Gershwin (1898). After him are Buzz Aldrin (1930), Samuel Colt (1814), Coen brothers (null), Pearl S. Buck (1892), Dr. Seuss (1904), and Thomas Kuhn (1922).

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Among philosophers born in United States, John Rawls ranks 1After him are George Herbert Mead (1863), Robert Nozick (1938), John Searle (1932), Anne Sullivan (1866), Hilary Putnam (1926), Judith Butler (1956), Ronald Dworkin (1931), Richard Rorty (1931), Daniel Dennett (1942), Willard Van Orman Quine (1908), and Nelson Goodman (1906).